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Alert: Landslide Warnings Issued for Badulla, Kegalle and Kurunegala Districts

COLOMBO (News 1st) – The National Building Research Organization (NBRO) has issued landslide warnings for the districts of Badulla, Kegalle and Kurunegala. There is a high risk of landslides occurring in these areas, with the possibility of mounds of rock and earth falling onto roads, homes, and other buildings.The NBRO has urged residents of these areas to take immediate safety precautions.

If you live in any of these districts, please take the following steps to protect yourself and your family:   In addition to these precautions, please be mindful of the risks when traveling in these areas. If you are driving, be especially careful on steep or winding roads, and avoid traveling at night if possible.

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Ranil Wickremesinghe - Sri Lanka will not risk offering debt treatment outside IMF program – President - - China - Japan - India - Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka will not risk offering debt treatment outside IMF program – President
COLOMBO (News 1st); Sri Lankan President Ranil Wickremesinghe has expressed gratitude to the Paris Club, Japan, India, and China for enabling cooperation required to reach an IMF facility for the country.In an open letter to Sri Lanka's Official Bilateral Creditors, President Wickremesinghe noted that the government deployed all efforts to demonstrate our commitment to the EFF program and relentlessly engage on the path to reforms. He said the administration has already implemented major reforms by way of prior actions agreed with the IMF.The President said his government introduced a robust  reform agenda aimed at achieving debt sustainability, strengthening governance, widening the social safety nets supporting the most vulnerable and ensuring we can grow an inclusive  economy attractive to international business. He said this is how Sri Lanka will improve the lives of its people and ensure they are first in line to benefit from improvements in our economic conditions.The President has requested creditors to maintain and even enlarge and strengthen official bilateral creditor coordination in the context of Sri Lanka's forthcoming engagement. He called on the Paris Club  bilateral partners, in particular Japan, together with all our other official bilateral partners,  including India and China, to garner and foster coordination as you best see fit.The Presidnet noted that Sri Lanka is committed to communicate transparently with all on any debt treatment terms that are agreed with any creditor or group of creditors, before being formalized. The President in his letter has also committed not to resume debt service to any creditor unless that creditor agrees on a comprehensive debt treatment in line with IMF-supported
Michael Irvin drops $100M lawsuit against Marriott, hotel employee - - Usa - state Arizona - state Texas - county Dallas - county Sherman
Michael Irvin drops $100M lawsuit against Marriott, hotel employee
SHERMAN, Texas - Former Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Michael Irvin has dropped his $100 million dollar defamation lawsuit against Marriott and a hotel employee.Irvin's attorney Levi McCathern filed a notice of dismissal in US District Court on Monday, court records show.It is not clear if dropping the lawsuit means both sides have reached a settlement.Irvin filed the lawsuit last month after a Phoenix hotel employee reported misconduct against him, which later led to him be taken off NFL Network coverage leading up to the Super Bowl. PREVIOUS COVERAGE: Michael Irvin pulled from Super Bowl coverage after woman’s complaintIn a news conference last Wednesday the ex-Cowboy passionately defended himself, denying any wrongdoing and comparing the accusations to a modern lynching.In a court filing Friday, Marriott said Irvin made unwelcome sexual advances toward a female employee.The documents say on Feb. 5 at the Renaissance Phoenix Hotel, Irvin "appeared to be visibly intoxicated," and in conversation with the female staffer, asked a lewd question about intercourse with a Black man.Marriott went to say another employee walked over to Irvin after the victim walked away, and that "After Irvin finished leering at the Victim and turned back to Employee 1, he said aloud ‘she bad,’ ‘she bad…’" followed by a sexual remark.He then "slapped himself in the face three times, saying ‘keep it together Mike.’"Irvin’s attorney, Levi McCathern, said Friday that the allegations were "hogwash" and not supported by witnesses.Former Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Michael Irvin claims he did nothing wrong as he faces accusations of misconduct by an Arizona hotel employee from an incident during Super Bowl week.
Kim Jong Un - News Agency - Josh Breslow - N. Korea launches two missiles from submarine in weapons test - - South Korea - Russia - North Korea - city Pyongyang - city Seoul, South Korea - Ukraine
N. Korea launches two missiles from submarine in weapons test
A general view shows pedestrian and traffic amid the Pyongyang city skyline and Ryugyong hotel (R) on March 9, 2019.(Photo credit should read ED JONES/AFP via Getty Images) SEOUL, South Korea (AP) - North Korea said Monday it has conducted submarine-launched cruise missile tests, days after its leader Kim Jong Un ordered his troops to be ready to repel its rivals’ "frantic war preparation moves."The test on Sunday came a day before the U.S. and South Korean militaries begin large-scale joint military drills that North Korea views as a rehearsal for invasion.The official Korean Central News Agency said Monday that the missile launches were meant to confirm the reliability of the weapons system and gauge underwater-to-surface offensive operations of the country's submarine units.RELATED: Rapper Costa Titch dies at 28 after collapsing onstage during music festivalComing off a record year in missile testing, North Korea's weapons demonstrations this year include test launches of an intercontinental ballistic missile, short-range missiles and a purported long-range cruise missile system in recent weeks.The White House said Wednesday that North Korea is covertly sending a significant number of artillery shells to Russia amid the war with Ukraine.
Sajith Premadasa - Jana Balawegaya - Shehan Semasinghe - Supreme Court Interim Order on LG Election becomes a privilege issue? -
Supreme Court Interim Order on LG Election becomes a privilege issue?
COLOMBO (News 1st); State Minister Shehan Semasinghe raising a privilege issue in parliament on Friday (10) noted that it is a serious offense to proceed with the Interim Order given by the Supreme Court on 3rd March, when the matter is already produced to the Committee on Parliamentary Ethics and Privileges.He requested the Deputy Speaker to advise relevant authorities not to proceed further or take any action on the interim order with regard to the Local Government election until the Committee on Parliamentary Ethics and Privileges concludes its hearing on the privilege issue raised by MP Premanath C Dollewatte.MP Premnath C. Dolawatte told Parliament on 7th of March that the powers and privileges of Parliament have been violated by the Interim Order issued by several judges of the Supreme Court on March 3rd, 2023.On March 3rd, the Supreme Court, considering Samagi Jana Balawegaya (SJB) General Secretary Ranjith Madduma Bandara’s petition, issued an Interim Order to the Finance Ministry Secretary and the Attorney General preventing them from withholding the funds allocated for elections in Budget 2023.Dolawatte claimed the said Interim Order can be viewed “as clear breach of privileges and powers of Parliament.”MPs from the opposition led by Opposition Leader Sajith Premadasa on Friday (10) met with the Deputy Speaker to discuss the privilege issues raised by State Minister Shehan Semasinghe, and MP Premnath C.